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Old 03-30-13, 11:43 PM
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Question for Portland Commuters

Just moved to Portland 3 days ago and start work at the University of Portland on Monday morning. I'm staying in Sellwood for the month of April. I'm just wondering if there's a decent alternative to riding on N Interstate/Greeley. The traffic seems pretty heavy and fast moving there and the bike lane is really narrow. I'm used to sharrows/greenways and much wider bike lanes so that 4 miles stretch really scares me. Especially in rainy or dark conditions. What's the concensus out there? Is it pretty safe even though it looks scary? I tried going up Mississippi/Michigan/Rosa Parks today and that seemed to take a lot longer and also had more busy crossroads to navigate so I don't know which one is the better choice. Is there another option? Thanks!
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As for consensus on Interstate/Greeley, quite a bit of folk ride up Interstate. It's not always the best way, but people do it on a daily basis. Not as many ride up Greeley, and I would avoid that route for the most part.

If you want a more pleasant, less busy way from Rose Quarter to the U of P, it's going to be hard to find a route that doesn't add some length. Also, it's hard to avoid the busy crossroads, as the west-east arterials run through N/NE Portland at about 1/4 mile intervals. Here is a suggestion that uses Williams-Failing-Shaver-Concord-Willamette:


Williams has a bike lane, but it is a wider one. Willamette also has a bike lane, and some moderate traffic, but the view makes up for any shortcomings. Everything else is low-traffic streets.
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I'd agree with Adventure: north/south on Williams/Vancouver, then west/east on Ainsworth to Willamette would be my preference. Perhaps not less trafficked, but there's plenty of other bike commuters along there.
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^^ agree.
From Sellwood use the the springwater corridor that will get you into NE by the Rose Quarter. From there use Williams until you get to N Ainsworth. Riding Ainsworth until you get to Willamette is probably your best bet. Holman St is calmer than Ainsworth (1-2 blocks north of Ainsworth). Sometimes Ainsworth has a lot of traffic but the area is well covered by other cyclists. There is plenty of bike lane for you. Lombard near UoP is worse to bike on IMO, so avoid that. Any other route will really add quite a bit of distance
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Originally Posted by agent pombero
^^ agree.
From Sellwood use the the springwater corridor that will get you into NE by the Rose Quarter. From there use Williams until you get to N Ainsworth. Riding Ainsworth until you get to Willamette is probably your best bet.
Not too sure of the east/west way to get around but I commuted from Sellwood to the NE for a while and I took springwater to williams/vancouver and by far my favorite way since you barely have to deal with cars and if you are making a good pace, you almost never hit lights.
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